Entries tagged with: Toxic Holocaust
By Doug Moore
Behemoth at Irving Plaza, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Behemoth frontman Nergal is kind of a badass -- he's an extremely gifted musician and a live-performance powerhouse who's played an important role in putting the potent Polish metal scene on the international map over the past 20 years. He's also a cancer survivor; after his 2010 leukemia diagnosis, he underwent chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. Two years later, Behemoth were back on the road and plowing through high-energy live sets like nothing had happened. Again, badass.
Behemoth announced a 2014 release for The Satanist -- their tenth album, and their first in half a decade -- a few months ago. I admittedly haven't been too excited by their last few efforts, but after watching the NSFW video for leadoff single "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel" (streaming below), my enthusiasm for the band has been rekindled. It's far moodier and more patient composition than the cluttered, robotic death/black metal that they've produced recently. They can still put the hammer down when they need to, though; the song's final minute is both the catchiest and most intense moment I've heard them produce since the mid-aughts. The video is pretty cool too, especially if you're into artsy black-and-white shots of evil rituals happening in slow motion.
In related news, Behemoth were also recently announced as part of the initial lineup for the 2014 edition of France's Hellfest, which will take place from June 20 through 22 (6/20-6/22). The lineup so far is huge and crazy: there's a "huge rock band" stage, featuring Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Soundgarden, among others; a big-name thrash/black metal stage that spotlights Slayer, Death Angel, Emperor, Iced Earth, Behemoth, and more; a death metal stage that will include Death To All, Carcass, Opeth, Nile, Gorguts, Hail of Bullets, and Weekend Nachos; a smaller black metal stage topped off by Watain, Gorgoroth and 1349; a sludge/stoner stage featuring Electric Wizard, Monster Magnet, Unida, Kylesa, Godflesh, and Clutch; and a punk stage topped by Walls of Jericho, Millencolin, and Turbonegro. Wow. You can reserve tickets now, if you feel like parsing the Google-Translated ticket page.
Check out the Behemoth video and the full set of Hellfest announcements below.
Decibel Magazine is back with its annual top 40 albums of the year list. Two of the top three (including the #1 spot) are reunion albums from death metal veterans, though many younger bands place highly as well. And the one metal album we can safely expect on many non-metal lists, Deafheaven, makes it on there too.
Check out the full list below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Black Tusk at the Studio at Webster Hall, in May (more by Keith Marlowe)
East Williamsburg's metal and hardcore venue of record, the Acheron, is heading down to Mexico to host a two day festival, the first annual Acheron D-Fest on February 14 and 15 at Club Bombay in Mexico City. The festival will feature thrashers Toxic Holocaust and Black Tusk at the top of the nearly twenty band bill that includes psych punks Lecherous Gaze and death/grind specialists Skullshitter. If you're more into metal than love, this could be a good way to skip out on Valentine's Day. Head over to D-Fest's Facebook page for more details. Full lineup below.
Toxic Holocaust kick off their previously discussed tour with Ramming Speed in NJ on Saturday (11/16). That tour hits NYC at Saint Vitus on November 29 with In Defence. Tickets for that show are still available.
Toxic Holocaust's new album, Chemistry of Consciousness, is out now, and you can stream it, along with the video for "Acid Fuzz" below. They're also contributing the new track "Life Is a Lie" to Decibel's flexi-disc series, and you can stream that track here.
Also playing D-Fest is Trenchgrinder, who are playing with Eyehategod and Syphilitic Lust at the actual Acheron Saturday night (11/16). The show was recently officially announced after being a "secret," and tickets are still available, but they may not be for much longer considering Eyehategod sold out Saint Vitus last night (11/14).
Check out the full D-Fest lineup, along with all Toxic Holocaust dates, video and LP stream, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Ramming Speed at Saint Vitus, September 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Back on Friday, October 18, we at Invisible Oranges hosted an afterparty for our CMJ showcases at the Omega Order Warehouse in Brooklyn with Ramming Speed, Phantom Glue, Aksumite and Flown. If you missed it, let me tell you it was a total blast. I got there in time to see Aksumite kill it with punk intensity during what was just their second-ever show. Aksumite's first show the day before at night one of the Invisible Oranges CMJ showcase was pretty nuts, but the band showed that they really excel in DIY-type venues -- check it out in the video of their performance in this post. After Aksumite, Phantom Glue delivered a set of sinister sludge, and then Ramming Speed came on to level the place with speed and fury. Video evidence of that is in this post too, and be sure to check out photos from both night one and two of the Invisible Oranges CMJ showcase at Saint Vitus featuring Pelican, Ringworm, Sannhet and more.
As previously mentioned, Ramming Speed are teaming up to tour with fellow thrashers Toxic Holocaust in November, but first they'll be playing a string of shows down south surrounding their performance at Gainesville, Florida's The Fest. Ramming Speed also play Saint Vitus on November 29.
Toxic Holocaust just released a video for their song "Acid Fuzz" off their new album Chemistry of Consciousness, which comes out this week (10/29). Watch the video below.
All tour dates are listed, along with videos from the IO CMJ late night party, below...
Ramming Speed at Saint Vitus, 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
On Tuesday, we announced that we'll be sponsoring a free after-party show Friday night (10/18) at The Omega Order Warehouse (94 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, New York). At the time, we mentioned that Aksumite, Phantom Glue, and Flown would perform, with a headlining act in the works. That headliner will be Ramming Speed, who played the Metal Insider showcase last night and who also stopped in NYC in September. If you caught either of those dates, you know that they're pretty much the perfect band to headline an after-hours warehouse party.
Remember that the party is BYO, but there will be kegs of Victory lager on tap that you can buy a cup for (courtesy of Victory Brewing). Head over after our Vitus showcase that night (sold out, but you can try and get in with your CMJ badge if you have one).
Ramming Speed also just announced a tour with metal punks Toxic Holocaust and In Defence. The tour will see Ramming Speed return to NYC one more time this year, dropping by Saint Vitus on 11/29. No advance tickets for that show just yet. All dates are listed in this post.
The tour will come on the heels of the release of Toxic Holocaust's new album, Chemistry of Consciousness, due out 10/29. Stream two tracks below, and if you go to the show, remember appropriate hardcore stage diving etiquette ("Thirty seconds of hesitation and searching for the right spot to dive isn't just embarassing, its just plain pointless."). In Defence, meanwhile, is a bit of a head scratcher. It seems that they're responsible for the video below, "Black Metal Mania." Make of that what you will.
Listen to some new Toxic Holocaust cuts, watch the In Defence video, check out some live footage of Ramming Speed from that September date, and check out their full tour schedule below.
photos by Jonathan McPhail
The reformed English Dogs brought their Forward Into Battle (middle-80s) lineup to Europa on Feb 12th, part of the band's ongoing trek with The Casualties, Toxic Holocaust, and Havok. Here are some pictures from the Brooklyn show. And check our recent interview with guitarist Gizz Butt HERE.
After the English Dogs tour (which hits Peabody's in Cleveland tonight), Toxic Holocaust and The Casualties will hit the road for a separate string of dates that cover the rest of the US. All tour dates and more pictures from Europa, below...
Saint Vitus @ Irving Plaza in 2011 (more by BBG)
Chaos in Tejas (May 31-June 3 in Austin) have announced ANOTHER batch of bands to add to their ridiculous lineup including Saint Vitus, Church of Misery, No Statik, Toys That Kill, Pegasus, Martial Canterel, Anasazi, Bloodwing (mems of The Spits, who are on tour soon), Harm's Way, Hatred Surge, the Hex Dispensers, John Wesley Coleman, Joyce Manor, and many many others. The current full lineup and flyer is below and tickets are FINALLY going on sale TODAY (1/31).
Doom legends Saint Vitus are currently preparing their new LP Lillie: F-65 for Season of Mist. The record, their eighth and first in seventeen years (!), is tentatively set for release at the end of March. More details are forthcoming.
In related news, members of Mind Eraser also serve as personnel in Magic Circle, another Chaos in Tejas band. Look for Magic Circle to team with Pilgrim (who we recently interviewed), Windhand, and Natur at Public Assembly on March 1st.
The updated Chaos in Tejas lineup is below along with the flyer.
Volume 8 of the incredible Chaos in Tejas will go down on May 31st through June 3rd in Austin, Texas, and this year and much like last, its chock full of incredible rare appearances from across the punk, crust, indie, and metal world. Among the announced are crust legends Antisect, The Mob (UK), the reformed and final lineup of Nasum, Best Coast (who recently got a new drummer), Tear it Up (who recently reunited in NYC), Varukers, Winter, Iceage, Forward, Ghoul, Double Negative (who play NYC next week), and so much more. The announcement is just the first batch of bands, with an additional 100+ still to come. Check out the Chaos in Tejas flyer above. Full list of bands below...
I'm on a mission. A mission to see as many bands as I can this weekend as part of Fun Fun Fun Fest. The festival hasn't officially kicked off quite yet but will do so in a few hours, so last night (11/3) meant a gang of pre-parties as part of Fun Fun Fun Nites. Those included sets from bands like Ty Segall, Underground Railroad to Candyland, The Coathangers, Ramesh (ex-Voxtrot), and the show that I attended, Toxic Holocaust with Hull, The Fucking Wrath, and Pushmen at Red 7 (as part of the larger Hull/TFW tour).
I missed Pushmen (mems Made Out of Babies, Heartless Bastards, Ratking) and have obviously seen my share of Toxic Holocaust and Hull shows so I won't delve too deeply into my thoughts on either (both were great, and the crowd was especially nutty for the former), but The Fucking Wrath were pretty damn amazing. If Matt Pike forgoed his jaw-dropping finesse and concentrated only on his own punk/Motorhead roots, HoF would sound alot like TFW. Live, TFW definitely up the ante thrown in for their recent Valley Of The Serpent's Soul. More pictures from last night at Red 7 are below.
If you're in Austin, come check us out at Red 7 TONIGHT (11/4) for Doomriders, From Ashes Rise, Touche Amore, Phobia, and much much more as part of the Fun Fun Fun Nites series.
Flyer and more pics below...
English Dogs live
As previously discussed, English Dogs will go Forward into Battle in the new year with a string of US dates with The Casualties, Toxic Holocaust and Havok. The tour, which kicks off on 2/10 in Baltimore and concludes in California in late February, will hit NYC at Europa on 2/12. Ticketing info for Europa is forthcoming. Full tour dates and some video are below.
words & photos by BBG
Krum Bums @ Europa
A blackened crust band. An updated NWOBHM band. A poppy street-punk band. A blackened thrash band. A slow crusty doom band, and a traditional doom band with female vocals. Outside of a grind band and a hardcore band, I'd say that almost all heavy bases were covered on Friday night at Europa and Acheron. My night started with the Toxic Holocaust / Holy Grail / Krum Bums tour which hit Europa with support from Salo. Though the crowd was insanely into both Toxic Holocaust and Holy Grail (I preferred the former way more than the latter), Krum Bums were my favorite band at Europa that night. Their high-energy street punk awoke the quiet crowd, who were circle-pitting by their set's end. Toxic Holocaust had the audience eating out of their hand too, with the much larger circle-pit giving way to on-stage sing-alongs for favorites like "Wild Dogs" and "War is Hell".
side note: Toxic Holocaust's fans at Europa need to take a cue from the book of hardcore when it comes to stage-diving; thirty seconds of hesitation and searching for the right spot to dive isn't just embarassing, its just plain pointless.
After Europa, I headed over to the free after-party at Acheron featuring Windhand with local Belus. NYC's Belus is only on their second show, but the band shows maturity and songwriting way beyond their years. Make sure and catch them whenever you get the chance. Windhand was all the makings of an amazing traditional doom band: great vocals, memorable riffs, and bombastic sound. Can't wait to see them again.
All pictures and some recent video (including some from Europa) is below.
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Mind Eraser at Chaos in Tejas (more by Keith Marlowe)
Lots of good options tonight. Europa will host Toxic Holocaust/Holy Grail/Krum Bums/Salo (tickets) with a FREE afterparty with Windhand/Belus at Acheron (doors at 6 and 10 respectively). Dry Rot will team with Soul Swallower, Hoax, Blind Dead, and Brain Slug at Stolen Sleeves, and finally, Sete Star Sept, Penis Geyser, The Communion, Radiation Blackbody will hit The Charleston. After tonight, pickins get a little slimmer for the next week or two, heating back up for the fall.
Soul Swallower's appearance at Stolen Sleeves is a rare one. The members of Mind Eraser (who are on hiatus) are celebrating the release of their new Devoured LP via Painkiller Records. Check out "Greed & Disgust" available above.
Both Hull and The Atlas Moth have new songs streaming at Pitchfork. Not coincdentally, Brandon Stosuy recently started working at Pitchfork again.
Check out download a Raspberry Bulbs live set from WFMU. Check them out Sunday (8/21) with Iceage, Crazy Spirit and Perdition at Secret Project Robot.
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Some vintage Infest video from 1990, a vid of Noothgrush in SF, and more suggested shows below.... What did I miss?
Richmond's Windhand can lock into a serious Black Sabbath groove, and the band will join Belus for a show at Acheron on August 19th as part of a Toxic Holocaust after-party at the venue (doors are at 10PM). Windhand's appearance will be FREE (with a suggested donation of $5) so come out and support this awesome band after the Toxic Holocaust show at Europa.
Meanwhile over at Saint Vitus on the same night, Pearls & Brass will play with Serpent Throne and Eleven Twenty-Nine. Tickets are on sale. The show is their first NYC date since going on hiatus in 2008 due to bassist Randy Huth focusing on Pissed Jeans.
And last but not least, Totimoshi will team with Pigs, Bezoar, and Fashion Week to play Saint Vitus on Saturday (8/20). Tickets are on sale. The show is part of a larger tour for Totimoshi in support of Avenger, streaming in full below. Check that out alongside all tour dates below.
photo by Autumn Spadaro
Austin punks Krum Bums are known for their high-voltage live shows, a fact that they will further demonstrate on the unknowing masses heading out to see the NHOBM-y Holy Grail and the crusty-thrashy Toxic Holocaust as part of their tour together. The trio of bands will hit NYC with a right-then-left hook at Europa on August 19th. Tickets are on sale.
The dates are not only in celebration of Toxic Holocaust's new LP, but also Krum Bums' newest release Cut The Noose. Due on August 23rd via People Like You Records, the LP sees the band touching on thrash and metal in their grimy street punk as seen in the title track which makes its debut here. Listen to another track at Metalsucks. Cut The Noose is melodic with out compromising ferocity.
All tour dates, that song stream and some video of a full set from Gilman is below.
Immolation at The Studio at Webster Hall (more by Greg Cristman)
Immolation will hit the road for a string of dates with Gigan and Jungle Rot, hitting Gramercy Theater on 10/10. Tickets for Gramercy, and all other US dates are currently on fan presale. Immolation recently released the new video for "A Glorious Epoch". Check that out below, alongside all other tour dates.
In other metal news, Warbringer, Lazarus AD, Landmine Marathon and Diamond Plate will team up to play Gramercy Theater on 10/18 as part of a larger campaign dubbed "America Torn Asunder". Tickets for all dates on the tour, which kicks off in October and runs through early November, are currently on presale and listed below.
Both Warbringer (who played Slaughter By The Water) and Landmine Marathon are preparing to release upcoming LPs ON THE SAME DAY, with the former welcoming Worlds Torn Asunder and the latter welcoming Gallows on 9/27. More details on those releases are forthcoming.
Landmine Marathon kick off a short batch of dates at the end of this month with a show with Toxic Holocaust/Holy Grail/Krum Bums in Canoga Park on July 29th. That Toxic Holocaust tour hits Europa on August 19th. Tickets are on sale. Stream all of Toxic Holocaust's new LP Conjure and Command at AOL.
All tour dates and some video is below.
Toxic Holocaust at Acheron dugin a snowstorm (more by BBG)
Toxic Holocaust will Conjure and Command a new batch of crusty thrash for their new LP of the same name on July 12th. Check out one track "Bitch" streaming at Decibel and another on their Facebook page. The band will embark on a US tour in support of the new LP in late July with awesome support from the NWOBHM-y Holy Grail and Austin street punks Krum Bums that will include a stop in Brooklyn for a BV/Scenic production on August 19th at Europa. Tickets go on sale at noon on Friday (6/24), and one more band is TBA.
But more imminently, Toxic Holocaust will head out to Reading, PA to play the East Coast Tsunami Fest, joining names like Shelter, Leftover Crack, 108, and many others for the three day festival. Flyer and full lineup is below, tickets are still available.
Toxic Holocaust's full tour schedule is below. After laying waste to the US, look for Toxic Holocaust to slash and burn Europe with Kvelertak, Trap Them, and Wolves Like Us.
On a silent and snow-covered street in Brooklyn, Toxic Holocaust demanded a circle pit. The eager crowd at the Acheron on Wednesday (1/12) was willing to oblige them, but settled on a plain old mosh pit instead, which just raged even harder. That's the mark of a great live band. They say. The crowd does. The snowfall brought out the rage in the band too.
"Fuck snow! It took forever to shovel out fucking van. So it's great to have everyone out tonight!"
Toxic Holocaust was in town to launch a tour following the completion of their new-and-forthcoming LP for Relapse Records. Details are limited, but it is expected to be out "late spring 2011". Their tour continues tonight in Pittsburgh. All dates below.
Mortals was the lone support for Toxic Holocaust after a last minute (snow-related) cancellation by The Ominous Order of Filthy Mongrels, and the all-female trio delivered a heavy/sludgy batch of tunes to set off the evening right.
More pictures and some video from the show, with more tour dates, below...
Toxic Holocaust at Gramercy (more by Justina Villanueva)
"DANZIG frontman and namesake has commented on the cancelation of the band's November 9, 2010 concert at the Cabooze in Minneapolis, Minnesota as part of the "Blackest Of The Black" tour. The show was reportedly called off an hour before the 6 p.m. showtime, with the rest of the bands on the bill -- POSSESSED, MARDUK, TOXIC HOLOCAUST and WITHERED -- going ahead and performing their scheduled sets.Toxic Holocaust, now finished with their tour with Danzig, will be in the Northeast next week, playing Philly and Boston next Friday and Saturday respectively. Unfortunately, the thrashy faves will bypass NYC, but the band will return to play Acheron on 1/12 with Atakke . More details, including opening bands on the BrooklynVegan/1000Knives-presented Brooklyn event are forthcoming, but for now save the date.
Although there had been no official statement from the DANZIG camp regarding the cancelation, someone from the Cabooze told Secrets Of The City that the show was called off due to the fact that Glenn Danzig thought the stage at the venue was "too small."
When asked about the reasons for the Minneapolis cancelation during yesterday's (Wednesday, November 10) interview on Fargo, North Dakota's KQWB-FM (Q98 Rocks) station, Danzig replied, "Basically, we couldn't do our show there, but we had the other bands play . . . We tried to make it work, but at the end of the day it was a production call."" [Blabbermouth]
Full Toxic Holocaust tour sked, and some videos below...
Chris Weingarten: Do you remember hearing Black Sabbath for the first time?That town Danzig refers to is of course Lodi, New Jersey which is 4-5 miles (according to Google Maps) from East Rutherford, NJ where the Izod Center is located. The Izod Center, originally called Brendan Byrne Arena and then Continental Airlines Arena, wasn't even built when "Black Sabbath" came out in 1970. It opened 11 years later (1981).
Glenn Danzig: Yes. I didn't even hear them before I bought the record. I was flipping through new releases at Sam Goody's and all of a sudden I see this record with a girl in the satanic robe and this dead electric forest and this BLACK SABBATH at the top and I just pulled it out and I said, "This has to be good!" It just had to. No one knew who the fuck they were at the time; it had just come out here in the States and -- as you'd say now, "buzz" -- but there was no "buzz" or talk or anything about them at all, and I brought it home, took a chance, and it was just insane. I played it over and over and called up some friends and was like, "You gotta hear this fucking record." Within like, I think, a month, everyone in my town was listening to it.
Chris Weingarten: Wow, how old were you?
Glenn Danzig: I don't know; I was young. I think this was the first band I went and saw. I was a little kid. I remember that me and my friend were at this show and we were the littlest kids there. It was oversold and the crowd was rocking back and forth so we just started punching and kicking people -- that's the kind of kids we were [laughs].
Ozzy Osbourne will play some Black Sabbath songs (I assume) at the Izod Center on December 3rd, 2010, and he'll headline Madison Square Garden in NYC two days earlier (December 1st). Both shows are part of a tour, that is not Ozzfest:
OZZY OSBOURNE will return to North America for a month-long arena tour launching November 12 in Victoria, B.C. and concluding December 12 in Minneapolis. These shows--in support of his album SCREAM (Epic Records) and latest single "Life Won't Wait"--are part the of the Rock Legend's in-progress 18-month world tour on which he's earning some of the best live reviews of his career (including raves for new guitarist, Gus G). HALFORD, featuring legendary Judas Priest front man, Rob Halford, will perform on all dates. The first leg of arena dates will mark OZZY's first headlining North American tour since 2007's trek for his Black Rain album. Tickets for the Live Nation-produced tour go on sale beginning Friday, September 17.And by "tickets", they mean general admission (regular old tickets), and "The "Ozzy Osbourne Meet & Greet Package" ("Meet & Greet and personal photograph with OZZY"), and even an "Ozzy Osbourne Possessed Party Package" ("VIP access to the exclusive pre-concert party hosted by MC Big Dave"). MC Big Dave?
Danzig meanwhile has also announced a tour, and this time it's not just him headlining shows that are being opened by his current and ex-bandmates' other projects. Instead it will be a new edition of his Ozzfest-like package tour called 'Blackest of the Black':
Glenn Danzig announced the highly anticipated return of his BLACKEST OF THE BLACK tour. In its latest reincarnation since 2008, the tour's lineup will feature Danzig, legendary Bay Area hell-thrashers Possessed and Swedish black metal pioneers Marduk, who are making a rare & long awaited U.S. touring appearance. Toxic Holocaust and Withered will be rounding out the five band bill. The 19-city tour kicks off on October 25th in Albuquerque, NM.To quote BBG when he heard the lineup of openers, "that is a fucking amazing tour."
In addition to Glenn, Danzig's band for Blackest of the Black will consist of Tommy Victor (Prong, Ministry) on guitar, Steve Zing (Samhain) on bass and Bevan Davies (Danzig) on drums. Danzig is scheduled to perform at the free Red Bull Metallicross event at Pala Casino in Pala, CA on Oct. 23, on the eve of the Blackest of the Black kickoff.
"I'm excited about taking out both Possessed & Marduk as fans will get a chance to see these two bands who rarely tour the US," said Glenn. It should also be noted that Danzig hasn't played most of these markets in the past two years.
Unfortunately though, Danzig has played the NYC market more than once in the past year alone, so he will not return this time around, though there is a Buffalo show. Note also that Johnny Kelly of Type O Negative (Pete Steele RIP) is not playing drums on this tour (Bevan Davies is), and that tickets are on pre-sale NOW.
All dates for both tours below...
Municipal Waste lead a singalong (more by Paul Birman)
Municipal Waste will be in South America wasting the crowds through middle March. Their schedule is then blank until the band teams up with Toxic Holocaust on 4/22 for a show at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. Tickets are on sale
The NYC show is one of a few Municipal Waste have scheduled with TH. MW also has some Texas shows with the great Cro-Mags in June. All dates & some video below...
Rorschach at The Charleston (more by Ryan Muir)
Last year's jaw-dropping lineup at Chaos In Tejas was sick, and 2010 is proving to be no different. For four days across four different Austin venues, May 27th to the 30th at Emo's, Mohawk, Red 7 and Beerland, the festival will offer some of the most impressive names in the independent/underground scene including the indestructible Rorschach, the first ever US appearance from Australian punk greats X, a one-time reunion of Japanese crust-core band Bastard, the quirky cutesy indie pop-punk of Grass Widow, Gehenna (who just played A389), Subhumans, Bastard Noise (who have a new record), Bone Awl, BV faves Jeff The Brotherhood, The Spits, Psychedelic Horseshit, Ty Segall, The Ponys, Iron Lung (who recently played Cake Shop), Poison Idea, Inquisition, and many many many others.
In addition to the obvious mayhem that will ensue over the four days, Chaos in Tejas will also showcase art from some of the scene's most interesting names including Tim Kerr (of Big Boys), Winston Smith (responsible for tons of collage work, including the Dead Kennedys best album art), and Bryan Ray Turcotte (best known for his book Fucked Up and Photocopied).
The full (and intimidating) list is below...
words by BBG, photos by Chloe Rice
Metal Underground: You've toured with some great bands already. Like you said, you just got off the Children of Bodom tour, Danzig, which had to be really cool, and many other people. Who's been your favorite to tour with?Metallica, schmetallica. The biggest metal band EVAR was filling MSG at that moment, but metalheads rejoiced for a different reason in Brooklyn, as Skeletonwitch and Black Anvil destroyed Union Pool on Saturday night (11/14). It was the second night in a row of the three-night Blackened Music Series weekend which ended Sunday at Le Poisson Rouge with Shrinebuilder. It started Friday at Union Pool with Krallice - a mayhem-filled show. I didn't think it could get any crazier on Saturday, but once Skeletonwitch demanded a circle pit, and GOT ONE, I knew I was wrong.
Scott (of Skeletonwitch): I don't think I could pick a favorite. We haven't had a bad experience. Especially, the bigger tours; definitely not. Maybe some smaller, earlier tours when we were in the pick-up truck which just sucked sometimes on our own account. But, everybody's been cool to us; Glen Danzig was fucking awesome. One of the coolest guys ever, took care of us and everything. Same thing with Amon Amarth and same thing with Bodom.
Chance (of Skeletonwitch): Yeah, we would run out of beer, Bodom would [say]," Take some of ours, we have too much." I have negative [to say] about the large tours. I'm glad to be a part of it.
Scott: A lot of bands won't tell you if it was bad. But, really, it wasn't. Like, I got nothing; don't have any dirt on anybody. Everybody was cool.
There are many that do blackened thrash, thrash, or some variant thereof, but what separates the 'witch (and Municipal Waste, DRI, and a select few others for that matter) from the pack is that the boys don't take themselves too seriously. Every song was introduced by a tongue in cheek intro ("This one's about Satannnnnnnnn!") by vocalist Chance, and followed by the nail-cuffed Ohioan zig-zagging across the stage, pointing at audience members and crowdsurfers while screeching out lyrics. Many PBRs went into the wildman's perfomrnace/theatricality, and all I could do was beam from ear to ear. Skeletonwitch is a very fun live band.
The show was the last US date in 2009 for the hard-touring Skeletonwitch. They're prepping to hit Europe in the tail end of November and December. All dates and more pictures from Union Pool, below...
Skeletonwitch at Scion Rock Fest (more by Steven Brown)
Skeletonwitch must pretty much live in their van. Luckily that means that NYC has another SW date to look forward to, 11/14 at Union Pool with the incredamazing Black Anvil! Tickets are only $10 and currently on sale.
The Skeletonwitch show is one day of a "Blackened Weekend" from The Blackened Music Series, which also features the highly anticipated return of Krallice with Malkuth, Liturgy, and Orphan at Union Pool on 11/13, and the BV-sponsored Shrinebuilder/Rwake/Liturgy jawdropper at Le Poisson Rouge on 11/15 (tickets).
Liturgy is also playing with Malkuth at the previously discussed Mt Eerie / No Kids / Tara Jane O'Neil throwdown at Market Hotel on Halloween. Want to go? I HAVE A PAIR OF TICKETS AND A COPY OF Mt. Eerie's Wind Poems on LP for giveaway. Learn more at the bottom of this post.
Skeletonwitch recently dropped their new LP, Breathing The Fire and are currently on tour with Trap Them, Toxic Holocaust and The Black Dahlia Murder. That tour stirred up some controversy down south when they tried to play a Christian venue. Check out the news videos below along with a statement from Joel Grind of Toxic Holocaust, and all Skeletonwitch and Orphan tour dates, below....
by Black Bubblegum
Touring Division Marduk (more by Chris La Putt)
Marduk JUST destroyed NYC, but just in time for the birth of Christ, the unholy black metallers are back for more! Marduk will hit the road with Nachtmystium, Black Anvil, Mantic Ritual, and Merrimack to play a string of US dates which include Gramercy on 12/16. So far only Nachtmystium, Black Anvil, and Merrimack are confirmed for Gramercy, and ticket info is forthcoming.
In the meantime, Black Anvil is scheduled to play a few dates in the coming weeks, including FOUR NYC shows. One show is the previously discussed super-mega Burnt By The Sun / Tombs / Bloodhorse riffstravaganza at Cake Shop on 10/2. On September 3rd the band will play a FREE show at Fontana's as part of the Time Insults The Mind re-release celebration (stream that LP here). On 9/18, Black Anvil will join Cold Northern Vengeance, Whiplash, Enforcer and many others at Europa for September Slaughter Thrashfest. Tickets are on sale. Last, but certainly not least, Black Anvil is also scheduled to take on Urgehal, Spearhead, and *cough*Eyes of Noctum*cough* at Europa on 9/14, Urgehal's first US tour! Tickets are on sale.
Another killer band who recently played a free show at Fontana's, the mighty Howl, will join the thrashtastic (and fun) Toxic Holocaust, Atakke, and Battletorn at Europa on 9/6. Tickets are still available. The Toxic Holocaust date fits snugly between a Hatebreed and a Satyricon tour, but the band is also scheduled to hit the road with The Black Dahlia Murder, Skeletonwitch, and Trap Them (no NYC dates though).
Satyricon has scheduled a NYC date on that tour, though without Toxic Holocaust and with Bleeding Through & Chthonic at Irving Plaza on 10/25. Tickets are on sale.
Skeletonwitch has a new album on the way via Prosthetic on 10/13, Breathing The Fire. Pre-order that here.
Nachtmystium recently dropped their Doomsday Derelicts EP, via their Battle Kommand imprint.
Flyers for the Marduk & Urgehal tours, Breathing The Fire cover art, a few videos and all tour dates are below....
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Asphyx - "Scorbutics" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gods & Queens - "Head To Wall" (Quicksand cover, MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Catalyst - "I Hate The Future" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Planks - S/T (Rapidshare, Zipped MP3)
DOWNLOAD: They Are Cowards - Demo (Mediafire, Zipped MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Overmars - "Born Again" (MP3 Snippet)
Asphyx's Death... The Brutal Way is due out in the US on August 18th, but it's shipping NOW at the Ibex Moon site. It's a sickening death/doom trip that's part down-tuned riff fest, part beastly conjuring, but 100% heavy heavy heavy. Recommended for fans of old school death metal, Entombed, Dismember, Autopsy, and the like. Check out one of the tracks, "Scorbutics", available for download above.
Gods & Queens currently have a new split 7" on the way via Hawthorne Street with the mighty Medusa, and have taken the time to drop off a killer cover of the Quicksand classic, "Head To Wall"! Download that above.
Weedeater have announced that Steve Albini will record their new album, which will be available in Spring 2010.
Swallow Your Teeth is the end of a long road for Richmond's The Catalyst, as the band has dropped multiple releases over their seven year history but THIS is their first LP! The noise-core merchants are currently streaming their Swallow Your Teeth at Scene Point Blank, but you can download the sick opening track, "I Hate The Future", above! The Catalyst have a few shows in the very near future, including The Glass Door on August 14th and a TBA show lined up for Aug 15th in Manhattan. Full tour dates are below. Pick up a copy of Swallow Your Teeth here.
Attention hardcore fans! Lambgoat is reporting that the legendary Disembodied will release Psalms of Sheol on Prime Directive in August, comprised of thirteen tracks of rare and unreleased material that includes the Existence In Suicide MCD and the Confession 7". Disembodied has reunited and sporadically played shows recently.
Baroness has a new album on the way, which we knew, but we now can attach a name to that effort Blue Record! The LP was recorded in Dallas, Texas with producer/engineer John Congleton (Explosions In The Sky, Black Mountain) and will hit the racks in October. Meanwhile, dig on the cover art (to the left) and the tracklisting below!
First of all, The Endless Blockade would like it be known that they "have not broken up". As a matter of fact, they finally released their split with Agoraphobic Nosebleed and have a split with The Bastard Noise out soon (stream the new BN track here). The boys in TEB "just figured another band would give us even less time in our lives to do anything else". That new band? Slaughter Strike.
Candlelight records has signed the mighty midwestern band The Atlas Moth, whose new album A Glorified Piece of Blue Sky will be released on Oct 6th. The band dropped their massive EP, Pray for Tide, on Witch Trial last year.
Planks have reissued their 2008 split with Tombs as the "European edition" featuring artwork by Mike Wohlberg. If you never got a hold of the Black Box Recordings version, it is highly recommended. Pick that up through the either of the bands on tour. Meanwhile, Planks recently made their massive S/T LP (where these two songs came from) available for free download! Pick that up above. Mike Hill of Tombs has posted all of the lyrics from the massive Winter Hours via his blog.
Crucial Blast is set to release Overmars's 2008 LP Born Again. The LP combines electronics, ambient soundscapes, Swans industrial dirge, and the thunder of Neurosis to create a different and powerful take on post-metal. The band is scheduled to hit the US with the mighty Battlefields, logging a pair of dates in NYC: Europa on August 16th and September 3rd at The Charleston. This will destroy.
The premiere of the NEW Goes Cube video for "Saab Sonnet", more news on Black Sun, Absu, Trap Them, Kylesa, Anaal Nathrakh, and Darkthrone as This Week In Metal continues.....